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Sports world hails U.S. troops as heroes

Updated: May 3, 2011, 10:32 AM ET
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WASHINGTON -- Before the top of the fourth inning on Military Appreciation Night at Nationals Park, the public address announcer encouraged everyone at the baseball stadium to cheer for the active or retired members of the service who were in the stands Monday, recipients of free tickets.

As Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" blared through the ballpark, and the message "Thank You for Your Service and Sacrifice" dominated the HD scoreboard, a group of military personnel seated a few rows ...

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